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Scholarly (Peer Reviewed Journals)

Scholarly journals are publications which are aimed at a specific audience of people in a particular profession.  They contain articles by writers or researchers very knowledgeable  in a particular field. 

Sometimes these journals are peer reviewed.   With peer-reviewed journals, articles are submitted to a group of experts in the field to examine the article for credibility, valid research results, etc. before the article is published.  These are some of the most authoritative sources you can find since they have been "refereed" by experts.


What is the Difference Between Scholarly and Non-Scholarly Periodicals?

Scholarly Periodicals publish articles that are useful for serious scholastic research; often, instructors will insist that students use only scholastic periodicals for their research work. 


Scholarly periodicals are also referred to as Academic Journals or Academic Newspapers, Journals, or Refereed Journals.  "Refereed" means that not only is the journal edited, but that every article included in the journal is reviewed by authorities in the subject field of the journal, to decide whether or not the article should be published.


Some criteria of a scholarly journal or other scholarly periodical is:

   •     The journal is  mostly read by people

            involved in or interested in the field

            of study covered by the journal

     •     Articles are often lengthy, and include

           footnotes or endnotes and works cited


     •     Graphs, charts, statistical information,

           and tables are often used to support

           the text or research

     •     The vocabulary is geared to the field

           of study covered by the journal 

     •     The articles are very often peer

            reviewed (refereed)


 Non-Scholarly Periodicals publish articles that are not considered or meant to be of a highly serious, scholastic nature. 


This is not to say that the articles in any given non-scholastic magazine or newspaper are false or badly written.  It only means that, for scholarly research purposes, non-scholarly periodicals do not have the recognized level of authority that a scholastic journal usually has.

 Some criteria of a magazine or other non-scholarly periodical is:

      •     The periodical appeals to a general

             audience; the vocabulary is geared

             to all readers

     •     Graphs, tables, and research studies

            are seldom included

     •     The articles usually do not have

            footnotes, endnotes, or

            bibliographies (works cited)

     •     The articles tend to be short in length,

            usually under 10 pages

Subject Guide

Welcome from the Librarian in your Course

Hi.  I am Scott Cohen.  I will be the Librarian in your course.  Please contact me if you need assistance in locating journal articles for the Article Reviews that you will be doing in the course.  

You can contact me at 1-800-731-425-2615 outside of Madison County and 425-2615 in Madison County.  You can email me through the course or outside the course at

 Please use this guide to assist you in finding articles and in doing research for your course.


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